MARESTARE: Addiction. Horse Heroin






OK, there I said it…  I’m addicted to MareStare.

Do you know of this service?  If not, I’ll introduce you to the drug special website where mare and foal lovers everywhere unite to watch total strangers’ horses deliver.

Yup.  At any one time, I can be a voyeur into a foaling stall of any farm participating in Marestare – for free!

THE IDEA

This is one of those ideas like ‘bottled’ water.   Once you hear about it, you smack your forehead and say, “Why didn’t I think of that?”

I don’t know the actual story of who developed Marestare, but I can tell you the evolution.

First there were personal surveillance cameras for homes.  From that concept came the idea of putting a camera in the barn and wiring it to your house so you could watch your animals who were sick or foaling.  (They also started putting cameras into horse trailers with monitor in the cabs.)

Then wireless was invented.  This changed EVERYTHING!  Now the images could be spread anywhere there was Internet.

Thus begot Marestare.

Some very wise people set up a server(s) to accommodate the barn surveillance cameras they were selling so that the owners could watch inside the house or on the road.

But, AHA!  Some of those people wanted their friends to watch their horses for them – or they wanted to watch the happenings remotely.  And then the explosion happened.

Marestare turned into a huge website portal where anyone could peek at the goings-on in any stall registered to be publicly online.

CRACK SEASON

If you have never been on Marestare, I kinda feel the need to warn you that it is like seasonal crack.  And, the season in right NOW.

For example, the website has a calendar of all the babies due or foaling at any one time.  You can check it out and watch a mare in labor, see deliveries, watch the first nurse… it is intoxicating for a person (like me) who loves the baby process!

I know that I am not the only one because the site is growing like one of those black 4th of July worms.  You know what I mean?  It looks like just a tiny black hockey puck but once you put a match to it, the thing grows like some foaming crazy worm.

Anyway, the site is going gangbusters.

 

Marestare calendar - click to enlarge

DIVERSITY

If you go to the site, you will not only see the birthing calendars, you will see forums, events, logo’d items you could purchase, the community, all the active cams with the barn names attached, any FB pages available per barn…  It is huge and if you are into that kind of thing – addicting.

TRAGEDY

But, sometimes you are a witness to very sad events.  Tragedy struck  this week.

There is a very successful Mini farm who has several mares foaling right now.  Some ‘Aunties’ on a certain forum were monitoring one mare who was in labor.

The birth didn’t go well.  The umbilicus was twisted (or something) and the foal lost air and broke an artery while in the process of being born.

He was alive but like a floppy doll.  But the perplecing thing was that he had a huge appetite.   This sweet, rag-doll foal had a voracious will to live and his wonderful owners were by his side non-stop, feeding him, turning him, wiping him – doing everything he needed.  Over the ensuing three days, he gained some strength and through message boards, we viewers learned that the vets wanted to give him a bit of time to determine the actual damage.

We watched and watched and wrote and communicated as this human/equine all encompassing event unfolded.

From the outside looking in – literally – we viewers were gripped and offering anything we could from our armchairs.  Prayers, candles, cheers, support, advise, vigils, salt over the shoulder… we tried everything.

And it seemed as if it was working!  The colt was named Will (as in the Will to survive) and he continued to drink and grow strong enough to lift himself to his sternum.  We had hope.

But, sadly, this morning, I opened the site and discovered the palpable sadness.  The Aunties had been informed that little Will had too much damage to recover enough to have a good quality of life.

So, they helped him pass as his dam looked on.

There wasn’t a dry eye in the many, many houses watching within this huge internet village.  I was very sad.

BUT, DON’T LET THAT DISCOURAGE YOU

Of all the times I have watched Marestare, this was the first time things didn’t turn out OK.

Most often when I watch Marestare, I learn something new.  And, for sure I learn that we are not alone and there is tremendous love and support out there for those who are in the throws of Mother Nature’s gift of foals.

For me, it is totally worth it to watch Marestare no matter what happens.  I love feeling the exhilaration from owners when they hold up signs to the camera exclaiming “A COLT” or “FILLY” to let all the onlookers rejoice in their joy!

Watching a new life and nature’s design is the best!  Hooray for the broodmares!  I’ll be tuning in throughout the season!

This is the current marestare camera for BHFER. I'll probably be glued here very soon!

ANYONE WHO DONATES TO THE BUCKET FUND TODAY WILL BE IN THE NAME OF ‘WILL’ WHO LOST HIS BATTLE

I know there are many Aunties who want to remember Will in some way so we have set up a horsey “trust fund” in Will’s name for our April Bucket Fund, Nurse Mare Foals.

Click this link to help THE HEARTBREAK KIDS  (rescued Nurse Mare Foals)  in the name of Will.

So far, donations in Will’s name to help the Heartbreak Kids have amounted to:

school fundraising ideas

Bucket Fund donations today will honor little Will's determination and our hope...

 

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Saturday is PhoBlog Day! Mostly Dogs, a few cats, a pig, camel and Nomar.






Saturday is PhoBlog Day!

Today I feel that I have an abundance of dog photos.  And in my defense, there are many more dog photos to be had.

I like dogs and most horse people like dogs… so I allow myself to put in dog and cat (and any other animal) photos that catch my eye.  I hope you don’t mind.

Actually, the last photo is totally gratuitous.  It is of Nomar, my 180 lbs scardycat but very faithful Mastiff.  His face is all smooshed because he is laying on his back, flirting with me to make me pet him.  It always works.

HERE WE GO!

Fun photoshop trickery

 

An odd couple... but I think I'd love to have them!

Touching

This is a grooming contest. The dog on the right's expression KILLED me!

Another grooming feat!

I know they rip up everything but the babies are darn cute.

Odd friends

I love this.

Interesting story. click to enlarge

I wonder if this will last forever? Click to enlarge

Wow. Click to enlarge (the image, not the horse...)

Ha! A true pony.

My Nomar. I'm probably the ONLY one who thinks this is cute!

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April Drop in the Bucket Fund:  THE HEARTBREAK KIDS – Nurse Mare Foals.
So sad. Born to be thrown away.  But there are people who rescue these fine foals.  To learn all about the Bucket Fund and to donate towards the care of The Heartbreak Kids, please click on the photo

 

If you want to help or read about us, click here!


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